Do You Have a Cataract?
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in older adults in the United States, according to Prevent Blindness America. More than 20 million Americans age 40 years and older have cataracts and more than half of all Americans have cataracts by the age of 80 years. As defined by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. A cataract alters the eye’s vision, so that it appears as if a person is looking through a frosted window. A cataract is a condition, not a disease, and cannot spread from one eye to the other.
Do you have a cataract? Answer the questions below to help determine if you should seek medical treatment for your eye condition. You can also call 1-877-351-WELL (9355) for information about the ophthalmologists on the medical staff at St. Luke’s.
Please note, this questionnaire should not substitute a medical checkup or consultation with an eye care professional. Only a physician, surgeon or other qualified eye care provider can accurately diagnose and treat cataracts.
- Is your vision clouded, blurred or dim in one or both eyes?
- Do you have difficulty with eyesight at night?
- Are your eyes sensitive to light or glare?
- Do you see “halos” around lights?
- Do you experience prolonged exposure to sunlight on a regular basis?
- Do you have double vision?
- Are your more than 40 years of age?
- Does anyone in your family have cataracts?
- Have you been diagnosed with diabetes?
- Do you smoke?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may be at risk for cataracts. Please contact your insurance company to determine if you need a referral from your primary care physician for ophthalmology services.
To schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist on the medical staff at St. Luke’s, please call 1-877-351-WELL (9355).